Fred Alexander

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Fred Alexander
Frederick Beasley Alexander.jpg
Frederick Beasley Alexander playing a low forehand volley
Full name Frederick Beasley Alexander
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1880-08-14)August 14, 1880
Sea Bright NJ, USA
Died March 3, 1969(1969-03-03) (aged 88)
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Turned pro 1899 (amateur tour)
Retired 1920
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
College Princeton University
Int. Tennis HoF 1991 (member page)
Singles
Career record 29–11
Highest ranking No. 7 (1909, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1908)
US Open F (1908)
Doubles
Career record 0–0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1908)
US Open W (1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1917)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open F (1918)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (1908Ch)

Frederick Beasley Alexander (August 14, 1880 – March 3, 1969) was an American tennis player in the early 20th century. He won the singles title at the 1908 Australasian Championships and six double titles at Grand Slam events.

Career[edit]

The right-handed Alexander in 1908 became the first foreigner to win the singles title at the Australasian/Australian Championships, the amateur precursor to the Australian Open. He then teamed with the man he defeated in the final, Alfred Dunlop, to win the doubles.

Alexander attended Princeton University and won the Intercollegiate doubles championship in 1900 and the singles in 1901. Between 1904 and 1918, he was a U.S. top ten player at year's end six times and was ranked the U.S. No. 3 in 1908 and the World No. 7 for 1909 by Karoly Mazak.[1] He was a finalist in doubles at the U.S. Championships, precursor to the US Open, seven straight times beginning in 1905. He and partner Harold Hackett won the U.S. doubles each year from 1907 to 1910. At age 37, Alexander won again in 1917, partnering with Harold Throckmorton. In the singles, Alexander reached the all comers final in 1908, beating William Clothier before losing to Beals Wright.[2]

He competed in the USA Davis Cup team in 1908 which lost the final against Australia at the Albert Ground, Melbourne. Alexander lost both his singles matches against Norman Brookes and Anthony Wilding as well as the doubles match against these two together with his partner Beals Wright.[3]

In 1915 he authored How to Play Lawn Tennis, part of the Spalding's athletic library series.[4]

Alexander was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1961.[5]

U.S. Indoor Championships[edit]

  • Men's Doubles champion: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1917

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1908 Australasian Championships Grass New Zealand Alfred Dunlop 3–6, 3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles (6 titles, 5 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1900 US Championships Grass United States Raymond Little United States Dwight Davis
United States Holcombe Ward
4–6, 7–9, 10–12
Runner-up 1905 US Championships Grass United States Harold Hackett United States Holcombe Ward
United States Beals Wright
4–6, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1906 US Championships Grass United States Harold Hackett United States Holcombe Ward
United States Beals Wright
3–6, 6–3, 3-, 3–6
Winner 1907 US Championships Grass United States Harold Hackett United States Nat Thornton
United States Bryan M. Grant
6–2, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 1908 Australasian Championships Grass New Zealand Alfred Dunlop New Zealand G. G. Sharp
New Zealand Anthony Wilding
6–3, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 1908 US Championships Grass United States Harold Hackett United States Raymond Little
United States Beals Wright
6–1, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 1909 US Championships Grass United States Harold Hackett United States George Janes
United States Maurice McLoughlin
6–4, 6–4, 6–0
Winner 1910 US Championships Grass United States Harold Hackett United States Tom Bundy
United States Trowridge Hendrick
6–1, 8–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1911 US Championships Grass United States Harold Hackett United States Raymond Little
United States Gustav Touchard
5–7, 15–13, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 1917 US Championships Grass United States Harold Throckmorton United States Harry Johnson
United States Irving Wright
11–9, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1918 US Championships Grass United States Beals Wright United States Vincent Richards
United States Bill Tilden
3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 2–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 37.
  2. ^ "U. S. Open 1908". www.tennis.co.nf. 
  3. ^ "Davis Cup – Player Profile Fred Alexander". International Tennis Federation (ITF). Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "How to play lawn tennis". Open Library. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers – Fred Alexander". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 

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